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Hidden Wisdom, Volume 51

Volume 51
Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts. ~Coleman Cox

I have been surprised, while putting this issue together, at the large number of quotes on the topic of diligence. Many are not by Christian authors, showing that diligence is an area on which the world places a high value. They expect Christians to hold an extra-high standard in this area, so we need to be sure we demonstrate this quality consistently, with the Lord's help.

Here's an outline of what this issue contains:

Theme: Diligence
From the Editress
~ By Abigail M. Paul ~
A look at what the Lord has done for me over the past year. He is faithful!

Three pages of encouraging comments and feedback from readers, including a photo.

Wise Counsel
Do you ever feel you are getting too attached to "things"? Readers share what the Lord has taught them in this area.

~ By Melissa G. ~
Two untitled poems from Melissa's heart, on drawing closer to the Lord.

The Diligent Servant
~ By Cheri C. ~
What are some ways we can demonstrate diligence right where we are today?

Read the eight resolutions this man made at age 19, which helped him become a college president in later years.

Time's A-Wastin'
~ By Rachel G. ~
Rachel shares of her own struggles with diligence, and how the Lord has been teaching her to "redeem the time."

Blessed are the Pure in Heart
~ By Mrs. Gloria Y. ~
Learn how our words and our works go hand in hand to produce a fruitful Christian life.

Withhold Not Your Hand
~ By Amanda O. ~
Amanda shares the importance of serving the Lord diligently, not half-heartedly. "Let us ask, 'What can I do for Jesus?'"

Thoughts On Diligence
Hannah H. of Canada and Laura A. of Michigan both shared some excellent insights on diligence.

The Story of My Life, Chap. 46
~ By Abigail M. Paul ~
The winter of 1993-1994 brought many adventures into our lives -- read about the time our dryer short-circuited, surviving weeks of below zero temperatures in January, driving home from town with only a flashlight as a headlight, learning to drive a snowmobile, and more! Includes diary excerpts and three photos.

Finding Forgiveness at Pearl Harbor
~ By Mitsuo Fuchida ~
This is the second installment of the thrilling testimonies of one of my distant relatives and the leader of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It is sure to inspire you! It comes complete with four photos. More information about this true story can be found at www.bli.org.

Now and Forever
~ By Jessica D. ~
A poignant poem, reminding us that God is watching over us through the storms of life.

When I Grow Up
~ By Jana B. ~
Read this amusing and insightful conversation with a little brother...and learn that sometimes the most important things in life are the simplest and the easiest to overlook.

An Indoor Herb Garden
~ By Erika Martin ~
Would you like to have fresh herbs throughout the winter? Erika gives clear instructions on how to start your own little herb garden. Also included are guidelines for starting an advocado tree.

Thank You, Lord
~ By Kristen K. ~
A touching and inspiring poem by a 23-year-old subscriber who has just been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

Subscriber's Corner
This issue we are introduced to Naomi H. and her large family from Canada; includes two photos.

My Testimony
~ By a reader from Texas ~
The story of how God brought this reader to salvation as a young girl, and the journey He has lead her through since.

The Bibliophile's Niche
Four excellent book reviews are shared in this issue -- great reading recommendations for cold winter days!

Let's Make a... Traveler's Doll
~ By Anna K. ~
Anna shares clear instructions for making this simple doll, and includes a poem to be used when the doll is given away to some special little girl.

Delicious Deserts
HW's new Food Editor, Katherine N., has compiled a selection of reader's favorite dessert recipes -- you'll enjoy baking them this winter!

Discover the Treasures of God's Wisdom!
Our readings for January and February are taken from 1 and 2 Chronicles. Much can be learned from these true stories on the value of diligence in serving God. Also included are weekly memory verses on the theme of diligence.

Click here to see how you can receive a copy of this exciting issue --
we look forward to hearing from you!

Online Resources
A selection of quotes and poems submitted for this theme didn't fit in the printed issue, so I've included them here. Be sure to check them out!

The Diligent Life
    A selection of thematic quotes submitted by readers
Poems on Diligence
    These poems will inspire you to live diligently!
Demonstrating Diligence
    A compilation of excellent quotes on the theme
I also found several excellent articles on other websites that I thought you would be blessed by. Please keep in mind that I do not necessary agree with every point made in every article listed here (much less agree with other articles that are included on each of these websites!), but I have included each of these articles because they are thought-provoking and they motivated me to check out the Scriptures for my own. I pray you'll be motivated to do the same!
(These will open in a new browser window for your convenience.)

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